By: Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Monday, June 04, 2007
In an industry and in a business where relationships are made and unmade every Friday, Saif Ali Khan and director Siddharth Anand are a class apart.
The two have bonded together over two successful films Salaam Namaste and Tara Rum Pum and became seemingly inseparable not just as a star-director team, but also on a personal level. But now Siddharth Anand is working with another actor Ranbir Kapoor in his next film.
So what happens to their tacit mutual agreement to never work separately? In fact, Saif had jokingly said he'd "kill" the young filmmaker if he made a film without Saif. Sighs Saif, "I know Sid is doing a film with another actor. And I'm already missing him. But the consolation is that we're both working for Aditya Chopra and Yashraj Films. I'm about to start shooting for YashRaj's Tashan with Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor while Sid will start his film soon. So it's like both of us being part of the same family. So maybe I won't miss him that much."
Having said brave things about the parting of ways with the only director with whom Saif claims to share an indelible bond, the actor sighs, "Look I'll will miss him. Maybe we'll be back together with his next project. Our last project Tara Rum Pum really worked for us, no matter what some trade pundits say. It has grossed almost Rs 80 crores. So it's a hit, right? Who would want to break up a hit jodi?...."
...Except Siddharth Anand's childhood friend? In fact Anand is so close to Ranbir Kapoor that he has named his son after Rishi Kapoor's son. Adds Siddharth Anand, "I guess I'll be missing Saif more than he'll be missing me. I've made only two films and both starred Saif. For the last four years Saif has been a part of my professional as well as personal life. He's more a habit for me than a friend. Dammit, I'm already missing him."